Non-alcoholic Fourth of July event is now in its 28th year |

Non-alcoholic Fourth of July event is now in its 28th year

New Castle NewsKay VasilakisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The 28th annual Apple Tree Freedom Celebration will begin at noon July 4 at Apple Tree Park, across the river from New Castle. The family friendly, alcohol-free event starts with the flag raising ceremony and fire truck rides. Games such as the gunnysack hop, water balloon toss, horseshoe tournament and the ever-jocular 3-legged race will be held from noon to 5 p.m.Rodz for God from Grace Bible Church in Parachute will begin the entertainment at 5:30 p.m. Rodz for God involves choreography to patriotic and religious music. Under the big tent, the Son Shine Gang Puppet Team from Grace Bible Church will entertain during the afternoon.Reining Miss Burning Mountain Royalty, including Shantelle Stevenson, Burning Mountain Princess; Brianna Wilk, Junior Burning Mountain Princess; Kayla Anthony, Junior Miss Burning Mountain; and Terryn Weise, Miss Burning Mountain; will perform beginning at 5 p.m.The Western Slope Stompers will perform at 7:15 p.m. and Evidence, a nine-member group from Calvary Bible College in Kansas City, Mo., will entertain at 8 p.m.The fireworks will start at the usual time, around 9:30 p.m. Don’t worry, the Burning Mountains Fire Department will have things under control.

5K walk/runThe Hogback Hustle starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 14. The 5K walk/run begins at the New Castle Family Fitness Center, and ends at the Burning Mountain Park. Water will be provided at the finish line and at one midway aid station. The event is a benefit for Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers. Registration forms can be found online at

Unveiling plans for the upcomingBurning Mountain FestivalMore Burning Mountain Festival details have been coming in. The family friendly event will be held from Friday, July 20, through Sunday, July 22. The Irene Frigge Memorial Bed Race will be run at 1 p.m. July 21 on Main Street; the awards will be handed out at 1:45 p.m. on the Burning Mountain Park stage. Keep your cool July 21 by joining in one of the kayak races at the river park in Coal Ridge Park. The novice race begins at 2 p.m., and the advanced race will start at 2:45 p.m. A raft race will be held in conjunction with the kayak races. The raft race begins at 3:30 p.m., also held at Coal Ridge Park. For more information, contact King Lloyd, 384-6439.

Look for more information about Burning Mountain Festival in my July 12 column.Alaskan King Crab BakeLots of little legs will be flailing and crab meat will be flying all over Christian Harra’s 1,600-square foot refrigerated misting cooled patio at the Miner’s Claim in Silt, from 5 p.m. until he runs out of crabs Friday, June 29. The Miner’s Claim has a refrigerated salt water live lobster tank, which will be filled with 112 pound Alaskan King Crabs for an Alaskan King Crab Bake. Those crabs have approximately three ounces of shell on them, and everything else is edible king crab meat. Yumm-o! Crab corn chowder, corn on the cob, a jumbo baked potato and warm lava cake are included in the deal for only $44 per person. Reservations are highly recommended for this event. Early tickets are being sold at The Miner’s Claim, 740 Main St. in Silt. Call 876-5372.Kay Vasilakis’ column, “New Castle News,” appears every other Thursday. To contact her with news tips and inspirations, please call 384-9118 or e-mail

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